COL Albert Hovey


COL Albert P. Hovey came to Lyman Ward as a young science instructor in 1966 served as its fifth president from 1989-99.

COL Hovey, a native of Lee County, AL, earned B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Auburn University. He joined the Academy's faculty as a science instructor in 1966. He was appointed Academic Dean by former President COL Wesley P. Smith in 1972, vice president in 1984, and then president in 1989.

A respected educator throughout the state of Alabama, COL Hovey was instrumental in the Academy's securing its initial accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 197. He has since served on SACS evaluation teams throughout the region.

COL Hovey has worked tirelessly to improve academic standards at the Academy, putting together a highly qualified faculty and staff and achieving the highest ACT scores in the school's history under his watch.

COL Hovey has long been active in National Beta Club activities at the statewide and national levels. He served as vice chairman of the state council for many years. He has promoted Lyman Ward's participation in the national academic honorary throughout his tenure at the Academy.

COL Hovey and his wife Ann, who live in Camp Hill, are the parents of a son and a daughter, as well as grandparents to six grandchildren. COL Hovey's son, Paul, graduated from LWMA in the Class of '85.

COL Hovey has been very popular with faculty, staff, parents, and cadets, and is pleased to remain on staff in his new role as special assistant to the president and financial officer with offices in Russell Hall.